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A complete guide to Intrepid Museum’s hours & best time to visit

Today

Open 10am–5pm

Last Admission

4pm

Intrepid Museum

Jan 1 TO Mar 31 Timings

Days (Jan 1 TO Mar 31)

TIMINGSLast Admission
Monday 10:00am–5:00pm 4:00pm
Tuesday 10:00am–5:00pm 4:00pm
Wednesday 10:00am–5:00pm 4:00pm
Thursday 10:00am–5:00pm 4:00pm
Friday 10:00am–5:00pm 4:00pm
Saturday 10:00am–5:00pm 4:00pm
Sunday 10:00am–5:00pm 4:00pm
Intrepid Museum | Timings

The Intrepid Museum's opening hours:

  • Spring and summer (April 1 to September 30): 10 am to 5 pm (Mon to Fri) and 10 am to 6 pm (Weekends and public holidays. Last entry is at 4 pm.
  • Fall and winter (Oct 1 to Mar 31): 10 am to 5 pm everyday including weekends. Last entry is at 4 pm.
  • The Intrepid Museum is closed on Christmas Day and Thanksgiving.



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Best time to visit the Intrepid Museum

Weekday vs Weekend

The Intrepid Museum is not very busy on weekdays, particularly from Monday to Thursday. Crowds typically start building up around noon or 1 pm throughout the week. Although Friday is the busiest weekday and more crowded than the rest of the weekdays, it isn’t as hectic as the weekend.

Weekends are generally busier than weekdays, particularly Sundays. It starts getting crowded around noon and 1 pm, so it is best to go early around 10 am for a comfortable experience.

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Peak season vs Low season

The Intrepid Museum sees more visitors during spring and summer between April and September. This is primarily due to the pleasant weather and the spring breaks in school and universities. Additionally, there are plenty of exciting events which draw large crowds in the summer including The Summer Movie Night, Fleet Week, Intrepid After Hours, and more.

Winter is generally more calm and sees fewer visitors since it gets quite cold. Consider visiting between October and March to avoid the peak season rush and also cherish the festive vibes in New York, especially in December.

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What are the Intrepid Museum’s opening hours?

Intrepid Museum Timings

Operating hours: 10am to 5pm from Monday to Friday, and 10am to 6pm on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.

Last admission: 1 hour before the closing time.

Closed: The Intrepid Museum is closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas. It remains open on all other public holidays.

Best time to visit: The best time to visit the Intrepid Museum is at around 10am on weekdays, as it tends to get crowded in the afternoon.

Best time to visit the Intrepid Museum

Intrepid Museum Timings

Peak season vs low season

The summer months between June and August attract the largest crowds. Being located on the harbor, the museum can have high humidity levels, which you might find uncomfortable.

For more pleasant weather and smaller crowds, we recommend you to visit during spring (March to May) or fall (September to November). Winter months from December to February is another option with fewer visitors. However, be prepared for frigid temperatures.

Peak season: June to August

Low season: December to February

Intrepid Museum Timings

Weekday vs weekend

The museum is generally less crowded on weekdays as opposed to weekends. You can enjoy a quieter and thorough experience by visiting the museum on a weekday. Aim to arrive close to opening at 10am to maximize your time before crowds build.

Weekends and other holidays can be busier during the second half of the day due to extended hours until 6pm. If weekends are your only option, arriving early in the morning and wrapping up your visit by 4pm still gives you a chance to experience the museum with fewer people.

How long should I spend at the Intrepid Museum?

Intrepid Museum Timings

For the busy voyager

A quick one to two-hour visit lets you explore the Intrepid's highlights. Here’s what you can aim to cover.

  • Focus on the Hangar Deck: This expansive space is packed with iconic aircraft like the Grumman F-14 Tomcat. Yes, the fighter jet starred in Top Gun. You can even explore the insides of the supersonic commercial plane, Concorde, and the submarine Growler!
  • Pick your Battleship: Here’s your chance to walk the decks of a real aircraft carrier! Explore the flight deck and hangar deck of the massive aircraft carrier USS Intrepid that served in the second World War’s critical Battle of Leyte Gulf. Learn about its fascinating history and check out the spots where the Kamikaze airplanes crashed on the ships.
  • Space exploration: To feel like a real astronaut, don't miss the Space Shuttle Pavilion, which features the prototype space shuttle ‘Enterprise’.
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For aerospace enthusiast

There are plenty of exhibits for you to explore as an aerospace enthusiast. Set aside three hours for your visit.

  • Try out the flight Simulators: Check out the ‘G-Force Encounter’, which is a real fighter jet simulator where you can pilot an F-18 Hornet or F-4 Phantom II in thrilling air-to-air combat. You can choose to be a pilot or gunner for six minutes.
  • Check out the ‘Enterprise’: Get a close look at the 172 feet long Space Shuttle ‘Enterprise’, the very first space shuttle ever built! This incredible machine paved the way for future space exploration, and you can see it right here at the Intrepid.
  • Space history presentations: Catch a captivating documentary or presentation in the ‘Space Shuttle Pavilion’ where you get to explore the challenges and triumphs of early spaceflight missions with expert presentations.
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For history buffs

If you’re a history buff, a three to four hour visit is ideal to explore the Intrepid thoroughly. After experiencing the highlights, delve into specific areas that interest you.

  • Oral artifacts: Explore the fascinating ‘Heroes of the Intrepid’ exhibit, honoring the crew and their courageous service. This exhibit delves into the crew's personal stories through letters, artifacts, and even recreated living quarters. Imagine facing kamikaze attacks – you'll get chills!
  • Hands-On exhibits: Throughout the hangar and gallery decks, you'll find interactive displays that bring history to life. Take the helm at a recreated combat information center (CIC) and use period-accurate equipment to track simulated enemy aircraft.
  • Below Decks Tour: Take a ‘Below Decks’ tour to take a look at the hidden compartments, see cramped crew quarters, and uncover the realities of life at sea during wartime.

Frequently asked questions about the Intrepid Museum hours

What are the Intrepid Museum's opening hours?

The Intrepid Museum's opening hours vary depending on the season:
Spring/summer (April - September):
Weekdays (Monday - Friday): 10am to 5pm (Last admission: 4pm)
Weekends (Saturday & Sunday): 10am to 6pm (Last admission: 5pm)
Fall/winter (November - March):
Daily: 10am to 5pm (Last admission: 4pm)

Is the Intrepid Museum open every day?

Yes, the Intrepid Museum is open on all days of the week.

Should I visit the Intrepid Museum on a public holiday?

Public holidays and weekends can get crowded at the Intrepid Museum due to the extended hours. For a less crowded experience, consider visiting on a weekday.

What are the Intrepid Museum's opening hours for public holidays?

The museum’s opening hours are 10am to 6pm on public holidays.

Is there a time limit for my visit to the museum?

No, there's no time limit for your visit to the Intrepid Museum as long as you enter within the designated opening hours. However, keep in mind that the last entry to the museum is one hour before the closing time.

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